A Vigorous Defense For Federal Identity Theft Charges
Identity theft is a crime involving the use of another individual’s identity, usually to gain access to that person’s bank and credit card accounts or to open new accounts in that person’s name. Since identity theft often involves the use of computers and the Postal Service, prosecutors often attach additional federal charges related to the use of a communication device (cyber crimes or wire fraud) and the Postal Service in the commission of a crime (mail fraud). As a result, people accused of identity theft often face multiple charges.
The federal crime of aggravated identity theft, which requires the use of at least two fraudulent identification documents, carries a mandatory two-year consecutive prison sentence, meaning that each count of conviction will add two years to the sentence imposed for the other charges.
Federal criminal lawyer Ann Fitz defends people accused of committing federal identity theft in West Palm Beach. She works with private investigators, computer experts, handwriting experts and other professionals when building her clients’ defense for identity theft charges. If you are under federal investigation or have already been arrested on charges including identity theft, contact Ann Fitz today by calling 561-932-1690.
Facing Allegations Of Identity Theft
There are many forms of identity theft, including:
- Dumpster diving, which is when a person rummages through garbage cans or communal trash bins to obtain copies of checks, credit card or bank statements, or other records that typically bear sensitive information such as names, addresses and telephone numbers
- Retrieving or intercepting another’s mail, most typically applications for pre-approved credit cards, which are subsequently activated without the knowledge of the individual
- Stealing personal information in computer databases or through unsecured Wi-Fi networks
- “Phishing,” is when an individual obtains personal data by impersonating a trusted organization in an email
With enough identifying information about an individual, a person can assume another individual’s identity to conduct a wide range of crimes, such as false applications for loans and credit cards, fraudulent withdrawals from bank accounts, fraudulent use of telephone calling cards or gift cards, or obtaining other goods or privileges.
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Federal identity theft charges have become more common with the rise of the Internet and digital device. If you are facing charges, you need an experienced federal criminal attorney who will aggressively fight the charges against you.